LIVERMORE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vericool Founder and CEO Darrell Jobe today issued the following statement after President Trump in his State of the Union remarks said, “This year we will embark on reforming our prisons to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance.”
Vericool, makers of Vericoolers, the world’s first line of high-performance, low-cost, recyclable and compostable cold chain packaging, has a ‘second chance’ program in place—to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance at a good life. Vericool President and CEO Darrell Jobe's statement is as follows:
“Growing up in a rough neighborhood and not always making the best choices, I know first-hand how negative societal influences—violence, a broken home, drugs, and abuse—can prompt criminal behavior and lead to incarceration. The time spent in prison reflecting on the mistakes made creates a dream to forge a better life. That dream is shattered once the formerly incarcerated individual receives their 500th rejection letter—and hope is lost. After hope dies out, strength, determination, the willingness to do right and to follow the rules are also lost—leading to recidivism.
I was given a second chance at life, and I’ve made it my life’s mission and the mission of our company to provide second chances for formerly incarcerated men, women and youth. At Vericool, we actively support and hire people who have served their time and are looking to make lasting changes with a good job, which can lead to a great career, and a better life.
Like the President, at Vericool, we understand that everyone makes mistakes, especially those who unfortunately were never equipped with the necessary tools and environment to lead a productive life. To prevent recidivism in our community, we are fostering a second chance program by offering former inmates well-paid jobs, by leveraging networks that share a similar vision such as Defy Ventures, and by working with local prisons to impact lives prior to release.
I’m encouraged by the President’s remarks and hope they turn into action. Now is the time to fight a plaguing issue in our poor communities—prison recidivism.”
About Vericool, Inc.
Based in Livermore, Calif., Vericool delivers sustainable packaging that protects products, people and the planet. RecyclapostableTM Vericoolers® are the only high performing 100% compostable insulation and recyclable cold chain packaging in the market, making them the safest replacement for EPS/Styrofoam. Patented and patent-pending Vericoolers are cost-effective and reliable, ensuring that food, medicines and other temperature sensitive products stay cool from packaging to receipt. Customizable and high-performing, Vericoolers can perform to customer-defined ASTM and ISTA standards. Vericool is all about delivering second chances for people and companies to do the right thing for the planet. Those that get it—Vericooler it.